police brutality

Law Used to Clamp Down on Protests

Report shows that protestors have been unjustly targeted in troubled settlements such as Thembelihle in the Northern Cape.

Bhayiza Miya, a politically and media savvy leader, has lost six of his teeth and a month of his life to community protests in Thembelihle, where he has been arrested, prosecuted and forcefully warned by police to stay away from big gatherings.

Police Accused of Shooting Students

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) claims that the North West police fired rubber bullets and live ammunition on protesting students in Mmabatho.

DENOSA states that while protesting against the closure of the Mmabatho Nursing College, a student leader was assaulted and arrested.

The organisation is appalled by what it calls the reckless actions of police, following the closure of the college nearly two months ago.

Human Rights ‘Taking a Turn for the Worst’ - NGO

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has issued a ‘warning’ to the South African government, that human rights are ‘taking a turn for the worst’ in the country, citing attacks on the free press and escalating police violence as the main reasons for the regression.

HRW’s Southern Africa director, Tiseke Kasambala, says that while South Africa remain a ‘beacon of hope’ on the continent, its human rights legacy is gradually being eroded.

R2K Criticises Police Over Mothutlung Deaths

The Right2Know (R2K) campaign says the deaths of four people in Mothutlung is ‘a symptom’ of increasing police brutality and growing attacks on the right to protest.
 
In a press statement, the organisation points out that, "Too often media, civil society and government pay attention to the plight of the poor only once streets are barricaded and property destroyed."
 

CASAC Slams Police for Shooting Protestors

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says the killing of two protesters by police in Mothutlung in Brits, North West, is an outrage.
 
In a press statement, CASAC states that citizens expected lessons would have been learned and remedial action taken after the killing of Andries Tatane in April 2011, the Marikana shootings in August 2012, and the killing of Mido Macio in Daveyton in February 2013.
 

SERI Criticises Marikana Commission

The Marikana Commission of Inquiry has denied that the deletion of a key paragraph from its terms of reference means that cabinet ministers will not be called to testify.

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), a non-governmental organisation, is arguing that the deleted clause empowered the commission to investigate the role played by the Department of Mineral Resources and the South African Police Service in the Marikana shootings.

SERI believes that Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, has questions to answer.

Commission of Inquiry into Policing in Khayelitsha: Administrator

The independent Commission of Inquiry was established by the Premier of the Western Cape by Proclamation on 24 August 2012. The Commission is mandated to investigate complaints received by the Premier relating to allegations of inefficiency of the South African Police Service (SAPS) stationed at three police stations in Khayelitsha, as well as other units of SAPS operating in Khayelitsha.

Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha seeks to appoint an Administrator, based in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

The person will report to the Commission Secretary.

SAHRC Criticises SAPS Over Protests

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says the South African Police Service must improve training for officers in the management of public gatherings.

SAHRC’s Danny Titus, made this and other recommendations at the announcement of findings into the death of Ficksburg protester, Andries Tatane.

The SAHRC found that police used excessive force on Tatane resulting in his injuries and subsequent death.

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